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What Does The French ‘State Of Emergency’ Mean?

November 14, 2015

Since last night I have been trying to find a way to define what a ‘state of emergency’ in France means.

Today  Le Monde spelled it out.

The government is granted a maximum 12 days to take exceptional measures to restore public order. Authorities have the right to block traffic and movement, impose protection zones and forbid staying in certain areas. The interior minister is entitled to cancel public events or forbid public gatherings. Authorities are also granted the right to “take all necessary measures” to control the press and publishing. In Paris today all public buildings, except hospitals, are closed.

CNN also reported last night the police have a right to enter a private dwelling and search for whatever they wish.

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